Campus Notices and Timely Warnings

Most Recent Notice

Thursday morning, July 28, 2017 - A strong-armed robbery occurred on Liberty Street

At 1:23 am on Thursday morning July 28, 2017, a strong-armed robbery occurred on Liberty Street near our main parking lot. A juvenile Bloomfield resident (non-student) reported that he was walking on Liberty St when two unknown males exited a dark-colored sedan which had stopped in front of 208 Liberty Street. Both males then crossed over towards the main lot and proceeded to assault, and rob the victim of his phone, wallet, and slippers. The actors ran back to the vehicle and fled east on Liberty St towards Kennedy Drive. No weapon was displayed or observed by the victim during the commission of the crime.

The incident is under investigation by the Bloomfield Police Department. Anyone with information about this crime is asked to contact Bloomfield College Security at 973-748-9000 or the Bloomfield Police Department at 973-680-4141. The Department of Security has increased patrols in the area.

 

Past Notices

Tuesday, October 4, 2016 - A robbery occurred on Broad Street near the Barnes & Noble Bookstore
On Monday 10/04/16, at approximately 10:00 P.M., a student was a victim of a robbery while sitting on a bench on Broad Street near the Barnes & Noble bookstore. The victim was approached by an unidentified male who first asked for a cigarette, and then five dollars, which the victim handed over. The suspect then walked away towards the corner, at which time he called the victim over to him and asked for an additional five dollars and to borrow his phone. The victim complied again, and then the suspect proceeded to go through the victim's pockets and removed his remaining currency. The suspect then met up with two other males and fled the area on Liberty Street towards Bloomfield Ave.
 
The suspect is described as a black male, approximately 18-20 years old, wearing a blue jean jacket with a hooded sweat jacket underneath, a blue cap with the True Religion logo and True Religion Jeans. There is no description for the other two males. 
 
The incident is under investigation by the Bloomfield Police Department. Anyone with information about this crime is asked to contact Bloomfield College Security at 973-748-9000 or the Bloomfield Police Department at 973-680-4141. The Department of Security has increased patrols in the area.

 

Wednesday, August 24, 2016 - A robbery occurred on Franklin Street near the Bloomfield College Campus

On 8/24/16, at approximately 10:35 P.M., a man was robbed while walking on Franklin Street towards Fremont, near Knox Hall. The victim (non-BC) was approached by two unidentified males displaying a firearm. The victim complied and was not injured. Suspect fled north towards Broad Street on foot.

The suspects are described as white, possibly 20 years old, one wearing a white tee shirt and the other a blue tee shirt. The incident is under investigation by the Bloomfield Police Department. Anyone with information about this crime is asked to contact Bloomfield College Security  at 973-748-9000 or the Bloomfield Police Department at 973-680-4141.

The Department of Security has increased patrols in the area. 

 

Friday, November 6, 2015 – Fraudulent Job Postings Targeting College Students

There has been at least one report in which a Bloomfield College student has received a message from a Bloomfield business that purports to be legitimate.  However, once the student connects with this business, the student discovers the business is illegitimate.  Someone spoofed the legitimate business site and used their reputation to post a fraudulent job offer.

This is a very common fraud perpetrated against college students in particular and one that is, unfortunately, often successful. All appears straightforward until you begin to realize what is happening. If you reply to this "employer's" message, you will receive what appears to be a legitimate check, which you will be advised to deposit into your bank account and against which you will be asked to withdraw most of the funds needed to complete the various "duties" required (usually payable with some untraceable payment device, such as gift cards or PayPal account). 

Once you have sent the money requested, your bank will notify you that the check you deposited is fraudulent and that you and your bank are responsible for the money you sent. Please do not fall victim to this scam.  As mentioned, there has been at least one instance of this approach this semester.  Again, if you have any questions, please contact BC Security by calling 973-748-9000, ext. 1366.

 

Wednesday, August 19, 2015 -- Incident in Close Proximity to the Bloomfield College Campus

On the night of Wednesday August 19, what appears to be a possible Attempted Carjacking occurred on JFK Drive and Belleville Ave, which is in close proximity to Bloomfield College. While 3 BC students were stopped at a red light, an African American man riding a mountain bicycle, wearing a red striped shirt, a red baseball cap and carrying a black plastic bag rode up to them and tried to open their passenger side door in an attempt to gain entry. The driver quickly drove off before the man could get into the vehicle, and came directly to Campus Security, who immediately notified Bloomfield Police.

Fortunately our students were not injured in this incident. However it serves a reminder that students need to be constantly aware of their surroundings, keep their car doors locked at all times while driving and not to travel alone unless absolutely necessary. Additionally, when stopped in traffic it is important to always leave room between your vehicle and the car ahead of you, so as to be able to make a quick escape in situations such as occurred in this instance.

 

Monday, November 10, 2014 – Bloomfield Township Police to Conduct Radar Speed Checks

The Bloomfield Township Police will be conducting radar speed checks on the primary roads leading through and around Bloomfield College in an effort to reduce traffic speeding on these streets.  These streets include Liberty Street, Franklin Street as well as Oakland Avenue and Spruce Streets.  The radar speed checks will be ongoing. Please observe posted speed limits to avoid a speeding ticket.

 

Monday, October 20, 2014 -- Reports of Check/Deposit Fraud

The Office of Student Affairs at Bloomfield College has received several reports of students being involved in cases of Check Deposit/Bank Fraud. It has been reported that individual(s) are convincing students to allow the deposit of a check(s) into the student’s personal bank account.  The individual(s) are claiming that their bank account was closed for whatever reason and need to deposit their work or personal check into the student’s bank account.  The individual(s) convince the student that when the check(s) clear, they will be given a portion of the cleared check(s).   The individual(s) convince the student to provide the student’s bank card and PIN number so that the individual(s) can deposit the checks.  Unfortunately, the deposited checks are being found to be fraudulent and the student only discovers this once his/her actual funds in their bank account are withdraw, stolen, or when a negative fund balance is present.  

Please know that Check Deposit/Bank Fraud is illegal and is against the law.  The Bloomfield Township Police will investigate cases of Check Deposit/Bank Fraud and individuals can be prosecuted for this crime. Please protect yourself! 

Here are some important tips to protect yourself -- 

Do not provide any of your personal banking account information to anybody. 

Ensure that your personal banking account information is secure by not providing your banking card or PIN number to anybody.

Check your banking statement/transactions on-line daily.  Most banks have daily alerts that you can subscribe to, which will alert you about banking transaction connected with your account.

If you feel that somebody is pressuring you or deceiving you into providing your personal backing information, contact the Office of Student Affairs (973-748-9000, ext. 1245) and/or the BC Office of Security (973-748-9000, ext. 1366).

Use common sense and be discrete when discussing your personal finances with other people, especially people that you do not know.